Last week we reported that a student and ROTC member at UNC made the ultimate sacrifice protecting the lives of his classmates. He rushed the shooter giving the police enough time to stop the violent attack but was killed in the process.
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Reposted from @john_tiegen – UNCC shooting victim Riley Howell is transferred back to his hometown Waynesville, NC. Howell was one of two students killed Tuesday at UNC Charlotte when a lone gunman entered a classroom and started shooting. Rather than run and hide as an email sent out by the school urged, it was Howell who tackled the shooter, losing his life in the heroic act. #uncc #unccharlotte #rileyhowell #hero #prayers #charlottestrong – #regrann
Fox46 reports a UNC Charlotte student killed in Tuesday’s shooting was laid to rest.
Nearly 2,000 people were in attendance at 21-year-old Riley Howell’s funeral on Sunday. Family and friends honored Howell, who tackled the gunman after he opened fire in a small classroom on April 30.
His memorial service was held at at Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska.
Howell was described as selfless, loving and kind. Family says he liked to spend time outdoors, and enjoyed cooking.
“Absolutely, Mr. Howell saved lives,” CMPD Chief Kerr Putney said of the Environmental Studies major. Putney called Howell “a hero,” at a press conference on Wednesday, and said he “did exactly what we train people to do.”
Howell was one of two students killed in the April 30 attack. The other was 19-year-old Ellis “Reed” Parlier. Four students were also injured in the attack.
Howell, who was an ROTC cadet was buried with full military honors. A petition filed on WhiteHouse.gov said he would have served his country if he had the chance.
“Instead, he died saving the lives of his classmates. For…
“We are just beyond proud of what he was able to do,” Natalie and Thomas Howell, parents of UNC Charlotte shooting victim Riley Howell, speak out about their son, who’s being called a hero pic.twitter.com/lglXahkY9p
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) May 2, 2019